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Review 2023 – Dryflow® Bamboo Bobbi Hand Dryer

Review 2023 – Dryflow® Bamboo Bobbi Hand Dryer

Catering for children in the washroom is a must to ensure they adhere to correct hand hygiene, reducing the spread of germs.

The Dryflow Bamboo Bobbi Hand Dryer is a fun, child-friendly, eco unit that encourages hand drying. The hand dryer itself is ultra-slimline, measuring just 10cm in depth and comes with a washable, educational backboard to engage children while they dry their hands.

This hand dryer is ultra, slim-line, measuring just 10cm in depth. It uses a long air outlet strip, with a powerful 22,000 rpm motor forcing concentrated air onto the hands.

From £249.00 + VAT

Bamboo Bobbi Value

At just £249.00 + vat, this falls into the mid-price range. All Dryflow hand dryers represent good value and the Bamboo Bobbi hand dryer is no different due to the 3-year comprehensive guarantee and lifetime free repair service.

The value of this specific dryer depends more on what your main criteria are. This is not a particularly long-life dryer, so it only represents good value in locations where it will receive low use (under 100 uses per day) such as a primary school.

Bamboo Bobbi Dry Speed

The manufacturer states 10-15 seconds, which is maybe a bit ambitious; 14-17 seconds to a completely hygienic dry is realistic.

Bamboo Bobbi Energy Efficiency

The energy efficiency of a dryer is measured by taking the rated power of the device and the dry speed to calculate the consumption per dry.

The Bamboo Bobbi hand dryer has a rated power between 0.4 kW – 0.95 kW, which, based on the manufacturer’s stated dry times, means that each dry would consume 1.67 – 2.64 watt/hours per dry. In reality, it’s probably about 30% higher than this, due to the slightly longer dry times we found. Nevertheless, consumption is still very low.

To put this into context, the Dyson Airblade AB14 uses 4.44 watts per dry, a traditional dryer uses 20-30 watts per dry, and the best available dryers use 1-2 watt/hours.

It is possible to dry 3000 pairs of hands for just £1, which represents a 97% saving compared to paper towels.

Bamboo Bobbi Quiet Operation

Where this dryer excels is in producing quick dry times while maintaining quiet operation. It has a very smooth and tolerable sound, making it ideal for younger children and those with sensory issues.

Bamboo Bobbi Vandal Resistance

These dryers are perfect for unmanned toilets due to their thick, solid, vandal-resistant covers, backplate, and slimline contours. It’s a very tough, durable dryer.

Bamboo Bobbi Life Expectancy

500 hours is the stated, tested motor life which is around 120,000 dries. This is acceptable but makes it only really suitable for locations that will get less than 100 visits per day. A 3-year warranty is provided, which is longer than most competing dryers in this price bracket.

Environment

The lifetime free repairs warranty ensures that the product is kept working rather than thrown away and replaced. The impact of this is hugely significant when looking to reduce CO2 emissions.

The Dryflow Brand is a member of 1% for the planet, so 1% of every sale goes to help positive climate change projects in the UK, such as Moors for the Future, Carbon Literacy Project, and Keep Britain Tidy. Over £35,000 has been donated in the last 18 months.

Conclusion

The Bamboo Bobbi hand dryer is a really nice bit of kit for a child friendly, low traffic washroom.

A free lifetime repairs guarantee for a dryer that costs just £249 + vat is exceptional. It’s a really fun-looking, slimline dryer with a nicely sized wall footprint to ensure fixings from old dryers are obscured. Perfect for accessible and normal washrooms alike, it’s reasonably quick, energy-efficient and has low noise levels. The standard HEPA filter ensures the highest hygiene standards.

The downside is that its motor-life is not that great, and you can buy cheaper dryers with a better lifespan. So, if you are buying for a busy location, look to one of the other recommended dryers.

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